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Depression, Mental Health

What Speed Does Your Mind Move At?

Mental illness often affects what we think about, but it can also affect how we think, including the speed of how we think. Mania is an obvious example of speeding things up, and this may show up outwardly as pressure of speech. Anxiety, worry, and rumination can also be speedy in a sense, but tending… Continue reading What Speed Does Your Mind Move At?

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Refreshing My Depression Organization System

Sometimes, depression can cause busy mind that's focused on the negative. I get slow mind. Slow mind gets confused and overwhelmed. I rely on my organization system to compensate for this, at least to some extent. As time goes by, though, the system gets overwhelmed, at which point it needs a refresh or a broader… Continue reading Refreshing My Depression Organization System

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Depression Without the Depressed Part?

Chances are the first thing that comes to most people's minds when they think about depression is depressed mood, right?  But while depressed mood is often a major part of depressive illnesses, sometimes it plays a minor role and other times it's not present at all. Major depressive episode symptoms The symptoms of depression are… Continue reading Depression Without the Depressed Part?

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Mental Health

Mental Illness Goes Grocery Shopping

Living alone, I have to do all my own grocery shopping.  It's been that way for years, so no big deal, right?  Well, what used to be a simple task has become a bit more of a production with mental illness tagging along.  It turns out grocery shopping with mental illness isn't a great combination.… Continue reading Mental Illness Goes Grocery Shopping

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Mental Health

Butterfly Brain

Image by Efraimstochter on Pixabay I feel like I have butterfly brain, flitting around from flower to flower, never sticking with one for very long.  Lots of flowers to pollinate, after all. Except I'm not as graceful as a butterfly.  I'm more like a moth, careening drunkenly around with no apparent destination in mind.  Bouncing… Continue reading Butterfly Brain